Binsearch.info Site Down : What Caused the Outage

July 14, 2014 update – we’ve heard from a number of Binsearch users who are unable to reach the site.  We are able to confirm that Binsearch.info is down using multiple DNS servers.  Their sister site, Nzb.cc, is still up so hopefully it’s just a short outage.  Nzb.cc might serve as an alternative if 1,000 days of retention is enough.

January, 2012 – Earlier this week we had several readers question what had happened to Binsearch.info.  As the site was down for a time on Tuesday.  We didn’t try to hit Binsearch during the outage but saw the results as the data was rebuilt.  Binsearch had hard drive failures that led to the site being down followed by some time to rebuild the index after an older restore point.  Now users are once again enjoying the full benefits of Binsearch.

Those familiar with Binsearch know that it’s one of the best Usenet search engines.  A clear favorite among NGR editors and highly recommended for the quality and performance of the site.  Covering some 1,100+ days of retention with a very simple interface.  The site is very easy to use and best of all free to all Usenet fans.

In the past we’ve recommended temporary alternatives when sites like Binsearch go down.  It appears the site is 100% but just in case you can always visit our Usenet search area for recommendations.  Binsearch is our top pick along with their sister site NZB.cc and other leaders like Nzbmatrix, Newzbin, Nznindex, etc.

Head over to Binsearch to find the latest Usenet content along with posts from 3+ years ago.  Visit Newsgroup Reviews to learn more about Usenet. Follow us @NewsgroupRevs for the latest news and offers.

Binsearch Database Maintenance

Binsearch will have some downtime today as they work to free up disk space.  After the database maintenance is complete you’ll notice that Binsearch will support 1,000 days of binary retention.  That’s a reduction from the current number of days but should allow for improved performance.  As you might imagine the popular site is even more in demand now a days.  Freeing up resources will help them serve an ever growing fan base.

Binsearch maintenance

Binsearch is one of best Usenet search engines around.  It has been a favorite site of ours for years now and continues to impress.  With other projects closing down the need for Binsearch has only increased.  Putting more strain on their resources.  Check the site out after the maintenance to search some 1,100+ days of retention.  The user interface makes Binsearch very easy to use.  Not to mention it’s always free to use.

In the past we’ve recommended temporary alternatives when sites like Binsearch go down.  If you need a quick fix during the maintenance period feel free to visit our Usenet search area for recommendations.  Binsearch is our top pick.  Their sister site NZB.cc is another excellent choice.

Head over to Binsearch after the update to find the latest Usenet content along with posts from over two years ago.  Visit Newsgroup Reviews to learn more about Usenet and join us @NewsgroupRevs for news and deals.

Merlins Portal Alternatives for Searching Usenet

Earlier this month Merlins Portal closed indefinitely.  You can visit merlins-portal.net to read the latest owners closing remarks.  In case the site goes completely dark here’s a link to the Merlins Portal closing letter.  In the last week we’ve received some emails asking us to recommend alternatives to Merlins Portal.  There are several options to choose from.  Visit our Usenet search section for a full list or read below for our top picks.

Top 5 Merlins Portal Alternatives

Here is our list of favorite Usenet search options:

1. Newshosting Usenet Client

Newshosting members can rely on the built-in Usenet search engine inside their popular Usenet client to find content.  The newsreader is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.  Search for content, preview videos before downloading, automatically repair files and unRAR.  The client is free to all Newshosting subscribers.  Enjoy unlimited Usenet access for $9.99 a month or $99 a  year.

2. Newsbin Pro Search

Newsbin Pro newsreader has an optional Internet search feature.  The Usenet search engine finds the best results from over 1,000 days of binary newsgroup content.  With an excellent user interface and filtering options.  The prices ranges from $2.50 to $5 a month.  Visit the Newsbin search page to learn more.  You can also download a free trial to test the client and search features.

3. Binsearch

Binsearch is our favorite website for conducting Usenet searches.  Their engine is built into the Newshosting client.  Those who aren’t Newshsoting members can also visit binsearch.info to search 1,100 days of binary posts across 400+ newsgroups.  You can also browse newsgroups, search contents of nfo files and filter results using Binsearch.

4. NZB.cc

NZB.cc is operated by the same folks as Binsearch.  The difference is that the site is setup to provide the most relevant results across 800 days of binary retention.  Visit nzb.cc and try it out for yourself.  The engine looks at factors like file set size, PAR files and .NFO file inclusion to help determine relevance.  With the best search matches listed first.

5. NZBMatrix

NZBMatrix is one of our favorites.  They had some technical issues in months past but seem to be back at 100% now.  Visit nzbmatrix.com to sign up for an account.  While you can use the site for free the real value comes in having a premium membership.  Search from 1,500 days of binaries.  Though at the time of writing this post Usenet providers only support around 1,350 days.

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Binsearch Now Supports 1,100 Days of Binary Retention

Binsearch (reachable at Binsearch.info or Binsearch.net) has increased their binary search capacity once again.  Binsearch now supports 1,100 days of binaries across some 3,000 newsgroups.  Binsearch is our favorite site for searching newsgroups.  Find the Usenet content of choice quickly using their search engine.  For search results sorted by relevance check out their sister site – nzb.cc.

Increasing the maximum number of days that you can search for binary content up to 1,100 days keeps Binsearch in line with leading Usenet providers like Newshosting and Astraweb.  Each of which currently support 1,040 days of binaries and growing daily.

If you haven’t tried Binsearch we highly recommend the search engine along with nzb.cc for relevance based results.  Both sites are clean and easy to use.  Simply type in your search criteria and let the engine do the rest.  Read our Binsearch.info review to learn more.

Usenet Guide : Avoiding Password Protected RAR Files

Password protected RAR files are annoying to say the least.  We’re not going to say that 100% of the passworded files are spam but most certainly appear that way.  Or worse as many posts instruct the downloader to visit a site.  Enter survey information, join the site, accept certain offers, etc.  Not to mention the viruses and malware that can be attached.  For those reasons we choose to avoid password protected posts.

If you agree and would like to disregard passworded RAR files then read on as we’ll provide some tips for finding the passworded posts before downloading.  Saving you lots of time and bandwidth / Usenet account usage.  With an additional tip to help avoid RAR-in-RAR archives.

Step 1 – Mysterbin Advanced Search – No Password

You’ll want to start with a quality Usenet search site like Binsearch or Mysterbin.  In the case of Mysterbin you can choose whether or not to include password protected files in the search results.  Simply visit https://www.mysterbin.com/advsearch, click on the Advanced Search page and choose  “No Password”.

In addition you might want to check out Nzbmatrix as their members often post comments related to password protected posts.  The site is also a good source of information on the quality and usability of newsgroup posts.

Step 2 – Newsleecher Leech Tweaks – Pasworded RAR-in-RAR Archives

Those who gain from password protected RAR’s have found a way around the Usenet search engines blocking passworded posts.  To avoid detection they are including a non-passworded RAR archive with a password protected RAR inside.  Staying one step ahead of most nzb sites and newsreaders.  However the Newsleecher v5.0 beta 5+ (download) has a new RAR-in-RAR Archive feature.

To access the new feature click on Tools – Settings.  Then choose the Leech Tweaks under Download.  Here you have the option to pause downloads that include password protected RAR-in-RAR archives.  Some other useful tweaks above let you tell Newsleecher how to treat PAR files.  Choosing to “Auto Pause PAR Files” can save you even more bandwidth when repairs aren’t necessary.

Linux fans will also want to check out URD (Usenet Resource Downloader) as we understand the Usenet browser will automatically detect encrypted RAR’s and cancel the downloads when found.

We hope our guide will help you avoid password protected RAR archives.  If you’re having additional issues with performance or completion check out our list of top Usenet providers.  As not all Usenet services are created equal but you can find quality, unlimited Usenet access for under $10 a month.

Binsearch Supports 900 Days of Binary Retention

We recently noticed that our favorite Usenet search engineBinsearch.info reached new heights recently.  Binsearch now supports 900 days of binary retention.

Increasing the maximum days you can search for binary files up to 900 days.  The binsearch homepage mentions “We now have reached 900 days of retention. We’ll take a break from the retention wars though, and will not grow much beyond that for now.”.  Looking closer at their retention across the newsgroups binsearch is around 903 days and growing along side Giganews.

If you haven’t tried Binsearch we highly recommend them.  The search engine design is clean and easy to use.  Simply type in your search criteria and let the engine do the rest.  Read our Binsearch.info review to learn more.

Binsearch Reaching for 900 Days of Usenet Search

We recently noticed that our favorite Usenet search engineBinsearch.info has added some new options to their “maximum age of post” dropdown:


Increasing the maximum days you can search for binary files up to 900 days.  The binsearch homepage mentions they are currently over 800 days and reaching toward 900.  Looking closer at their retention across the newsgroups binsearch is around 803 days and growing along side Giganews.

If you haven’t tried Binsearch we highly recommend the site.  Their design is clean and very easy to use.  Simply type in your search criteria and let the engine do the rest.  Read our Binsearch.info review to learn more.

Favorite Usenet Provider, Newsreader, Search Engine

A month ago we launched a few polls so visitors could vote for their favorite Usenet provider, newsreader and Usenet search engine.  The Usenet provider and newsreader polls were very close with no clear winner.  Nzbmatrix won big in the Usenet search poll.  Here is a breakdown of the most popular in each category.

Favorite Usenet Provider Poll Results:
- Astraweb received 28% of the votes
- Giganews received 24% of the votes
- NewsDemon received 23% of the votes

Favorite Newsreader Poll Results:
- Newsleecher received 17% of the votes
- Alt.Binz received 17% of the votes
- SABnzbd received 14% of the votes
- GrabIt received 13% of the votes
- Forte Agent received 12% of the votes
- NewsBin Pro received 10% of the votes

Favorite Usenet Search Poll Results:
- Nzbmatrix received 37% of the votes
- Binsearch received 11% of the votes
- Newzbin received 9% of the votes
- Newzleech received 9% of the votes

Congratulations to the winners.  If your favorite service, software or search site missed the cut this time around stay tuned as we’ll be bringing more polls and interactive features to NewsgroupReviews in the near future.

Binsearch.info Expanding Search to 600 Days

Binsearch.info recently announced they are expanding the capabilities of their Usenet search engine to support 600 days of retention.  Earlier today Binsearch posted an update that they are at 565+ days of retention in every active newsgroup which matches Giganews binary retention.

That’s great right?  It depends.  Its great that Binsearch has dedicated the resources necessary to test an increase but the higher capacity drives mean slower search results.  If you regularly look for posts 500+ days old then the upgrade is great news.  However the higher retention means a hit to performance and possibly reliability.

According to Binsearch:

As an experiment, we will increase the retention and let you search for even older posts, in the coming days.   However this comes with a price. To have enough storage space available, we will be using higher capacity -but slower- storage.

This means your searches will get slower, and there is a risk they will time-out during rush hour.

Binssearch is currently offering a poll for users to vote on which they would prefer:

300 days of retention with fast search speed

or

600 days of retention with slow search speed

We commend Binsearch for dedicating the storage to support 600 days of retention and also for giving users a voice in the final decision.  At the time of writing this post the vote was split right down the middle.  With 50% (7,190) voting for 300 days and 50% (7,314) voting for 600 days.  Most notable to us is the even split of the vote.  That means 50% of Binsearch users don’t care to go over 300 days retention.  At least they don’t want to give up performance or reliability for the increase.

Might we draw the same conclusion for Usenet providers?  Retention is a plus as long as it doesn’t come at a cost.  Either in higher price, slower performance or poor reliability.  That means other factors like features, speed, reliability and bundled / add-on services could become increasingly important to those seeking newsgroup access in the future.